Realistic fiction attempts to portray the world as it is.
It contains no fantasy, no supernatural elements, and it usually
depicts ordinary people going about the business of daily
living, with all its joys, sorrow, successes, and failures.
the past 150 years, children's literature has gradually moved
from a romantic view of the world toward a more realistic
view (*Note: "Romance" refers to the fiction portraying a
world that seems happier than the one we live in).
Subjects that were once taboo in realistic fiction are now
commonplace, and language and character development are
presented with greater candor and boldness.
the characters are engaging
the dialogue is believable.
the plot is fresh and
the setting is true to
the problems faced by the
characters are honestly portrayed.
the resolution makes sense.
the theme grows naturally
out of the action and characters - the writer does not
preach at us.